Secrets in Satin

Secrets in Satin

by Haywood Smith
     
 

He thought she was as cold as ice.

With her pale face and black mourning gown, Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold, was completely emotionless as she stood over the body of her dead husband. But Edward Garrett, Viscount Creighton, had no idea of the passion behind her mask of ice— or the dark secrets hidden in her guarded heart.

She thought he was a careless

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Overview

He thought she was as cold as ice.

With her pale face and black mourning gown, Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold, was completely emotionless as she stood over the body of her dead husband. But Edward Garrett, Viscount Creighton, had no idea of the passion behind her mask of ice— or the dark secrets hidden in her guarded heart.

She thought he was a careless rogue.

Garrett's reputation preceded him, so Elizabeth hardened herself against his ruthless charms. But when a royal command forced her to marry the knave, their lives were drawn together into a dangerous game of intrigue...and a passionate contest of wills.

Amid the turmoil of a dying monarchy, Garrett and Elizabeth discovered a love haunted by the past and challenged by an uncertain future. But can this love survive, or will it be wrenched away by a twist of fate...or the hand of a king?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A masterpiece."—Affaire de Coeur

"Haywood Smith's historical novels are marvelous and her impressive talents truly shimmer."—Romantic Times

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Royal Cavaliers and rebel Roundheads clash in Smith's sweeping English Civil War novel (after Shadows in Velvet). Future King Charles II spitefully maneuvers the handsome warrior Garrett, Viscount Creighton, into marriage with widowed Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold. The two had taken each other in mutual dislike years before when she'd thought him a rake and a rogue; he thought of her as a frigid witch rejoicing in her husband's demise. But it turns out that years of spousal abuse were responsible for Elizabeth's icy demeanor and Garrett sets about thawing her through slow nurturing. But just as happiness seems within reach, illness, war and death threaten it. Smith delivers intelligent, sensitivebut not saccharinehistorical romance for readers who expect more from the genre. (Apr.)
Library Journal
After seeing Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold, dance on the grave of her abusive husband, ladies' man Edward Garrett, Viscount Creighton, is stunned when Charles I forces him into a loveless marriage with her. The Catholic widow has to overcome her physical and emotional scars while her Protestant husband fights a war of religious intolerance both on the battlefield and within himself. Filled with conflict and adventure and a cleverly woven historical background, this is a tale of intrigue full of sympathetic characters and ending satisfactorily. Smith is a winner of the prestigious Maggie Award, and her Shadows on Velvet (St. Martin's, 1996) is a 1997 Rita finalist for best first book. She lives in Buford, Georgia. (SM)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312961596
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Haywood Smith's debut novel, Shadows in Velvet, received highest acclaim from readers and critics alike, for breathtaking emotion, fast-paced historical adventure, and spectacular writing. Now, with Secrets in Satin, she will utterly enthrall you...

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Buford, Georgia
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1949
Place of Birth:
Atlanta, Georgia
Education:
One year of college and several professional real estate degrees and appraisal certifications
Website:
http://www.haywoodsmith.net

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